How to (not) take over the world by making a plan to take over the world
Another acquaintance once again tried to start a new life and take over the world. In the new life there was an organizer, a couple of volumes of the series “How to achieve anything without getting up from the couch”, a clearly detailed plan for the five-year plan ahead, and a firm, unbending confidence that this time everything would work out. He assured confidence, motivation, having tasted the fruits of theoretical thought, the dog itself was buried. A month later, however, it became apparent that the old life was no different from the new. On the fourth day, good intentions evaporated somewhere, in the second week the organizer was lost. Since then, the acquaintance has been confident that everything there is planning, motivation, achievement of goals is all beautiful, written for gullible, weighty garbage. Only one thing is embarrassing - in about the same terms, the monkey in the famous fable spoke about glasses.
In fact, does planning work or not work?
Planning is good because it brings peace of mind to the soul. If you keep in mind a ton of unfixed items, the full picture will never work out. In addition, this mass occupies someone else's place - in the sense that while it is busy, no update is taking place. Therefore, it is very, very useful to take a piece of paper, write down everything accumulated in the head and free up RAM. By the way, Barbara Sher writes about this in the book “I refuse to choose!”: If you think that you have a million plans, and there’s nothing to cover, write and count. Surely there is not a million, but some quite visible amount. It is simply the chaos of unfixed thoughts that creates a picture in which the immensity cannot be grasped. So, initially it turns out that planning is good. But why do many end this?
First reason: Planning is so good that it brings deep moral satisfaction. In general, we all one way or another strive to ensure that the soul was cool. Planning is a quick and easy way to get this cool. You spent several hours, tired - and you have the feeling that you have done a great job. A new life begins, it is directly visible. You are already acting. Although not really acting. You haven’t moved a step so far. But the sweet hypnosis of a well-set plan inspires you that you strive for the goal at full speed. Sweet hypnosis lasts a while. At some point, the dose ends, and confusion comes with it - how else is the goal? Surely not on target? That’s because ... And the Beautiful Plan completes the collection of Failed Beautiful Plans. It doesn’t even matter if it is unrealizable or quite realistic.
The second reason : unrealizability. You wrote everything correctly, but it has nothing to do with your reality. As there was no time for the gym, no one was found. As there was no desire to make efforts, it did not appear. This is a variant of the first reason, only a hangover comes faster. The plan becomes a burden, and since we strive to not be “a burden”, but “cool” - it dies off by itself. And now you are already wondering what happened to him and where he went. He was so well written.
Reason three: decomposition. This item is called the most useful in planning, and it is, in fact, a hidden killer. What is decomposition? We take a big task and break it into smaller pieces. Those are even smaller. Then again, until you get a list of simple and understandable steps. Some advise going from beginning to end. Some - on the contrary - from end to beginning. No one offers to write variable decompositions with complex if-then blocks, because it is clear that then you will dig in to death and never finish your plan. But this is the main catch. Agree, if the goal was so simple that you can write down all its sub-items on a piece of paper on a piece of paper, then, in general, this is no longer a plan, this is a check list, I went and did it. And in difficult cases, when you still have a vague idea of the goal, you have no idea what it will consist of. What do you write? From the ceiling? Out of my head? The closer you understand, the more harmful it is to decompose it. There is another catch: you begin to appreciate the time invested. You tried, puffed, wrote a grand detailed plan. And then the paragraph on the second everything went wrong. If your cunning plan did not imply variability and plan B for each subparagraph, there is very little chance that you will have the moral strength to do all the same work again under new circumstances. “Everything went wrong,” you think, and you burn out to hell. If your cunning plan did not imply variability and plan B for each subparagraph, there is very little chance that you will have the moral strength to do all the same work again under new circumstances. “Everything went wrong,” you think, and you burn out to hell. If your cunning plan did not imply variability and plan B for each subparagraph, there is very little chance that you will have the moral strength to do all the same work again under new circumstances. “Everything went wrong,” you think, and you burn out to hell.
Speaking of "burn out" ...
The fourth reason: motivation. The euphoria of planning also creates additional motivation. And this is a subconscious reinforcement of a completely different postulate: “In order to do something, you need motivation. Without motivation, it’s nowhere at all. ”And now, instead of doing something, you are looking for motivation. Planning and the search for motivation are two things that you can do endlessly, it brings deep moral satisfaction with zero or almost zero result. Both of them are anesthesia, under which a person moves towards the goal. As soon as they are gone, the person starts searching for anesthesia. And it doesn’t even occur to me that it’s possible without anesthesia. And that normally in nature there is no anesthesia. There is another thing, similar to motivation, when you “caught a wave” and it carries you forward, but this is the lot of those who swam deep enough in themselves.
If you can’t swim by yourself, then in the most general terms a few considerations on “safety” for handling a tool called “planning”:
1. Plan quickly, plan rough. To hell with multivolumes, to hell with thoroughly verified plans, it’s enough to work on waste production. Reduce the importance of planning in your own eyes, increase the importance of business. The tool has a place on the shelf with tools - there is nothing to put it at the forefront.
2. Swung by the impossible? Laroshfuko said that there are few unattainable goals, there are goals whose achievement is difficult to come up with. Invent, brainstorm, go around where you can’t get through. Read the biographies of Jobs, Branson and others who knew how to cook porridge from an ax and come up with workarounds. Just decide for yourself, finally - you need it or not. It is necessary - act. Do not - do not fool yourself.
3. Do you have the most vague ideas about how to achieve your goal? Do not wait for enlightenment, otherwise you will grow old earlier. Sketch the milestones that you know for sure. And separately - think about what you can do right now. Surely there is something simple and understandable that can be done in the most obvious time. Just keep in mind that your plan includes a solid share of uncertainty. Add the next steps when they are clear. In the end, Columbus discovered America, thinking that he was heading to India.
4. Not enough motivation? To hell with motivation. Not one beautiful and “motivated” mood lasts 24/7. You are not going to give up every time, how will the mood be shaken? Take a look at the points of your plan critically: do you really need a special mood, special weather, special position of stars in the sky? If not, do not wait for them. Stock up on stubbornness - and go on points right now.
5. One head is good, and two is better! Do not cook in your own juice if your willpower is not enough. A goal set publicly on a service such as SmartProgress not only disciplines reporting on it - there are probably users among those who have faced similar problems, they can tell if their eyes are closed and give a life-giving kick if you are stuck. You can evenargue for money that your goal will be achieved - if you are motivated by "betting." Go ahead! Unattainable is not enough, and you too will certainly take over the world.
Just promise to treat him carefully.
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